Crafty Grids: Transform Your Scrapbook with Grid-Based Design

Using shapes to create a grid is an easy way to create a complex looking scrapbooking page! You can use punches, die-cuts, or even any hand cut shape you’d like, and this technique works with all patterns and colors of paper. Try using different patterns and colors, or use multiple shades of one color create an ombre or monochromatic look.


White Textured Cardstock
Patterned Paper (I used American Crafts)
Stickers (American Crafts)
Washi Tape (My Mind’s Eye)
Heart Punch or Cutting Die (I used a punch from EK Success)
Letter Stickers (American Crafts)
Embellishments (American Crafts, Freckled Fawn)
Spray Mist (Heidi Swapp)


  1. Use a punch (or cutting die) to punch hearts out of various patterned papers. I punched around 40.

2. Using a paper trimmer, cut an isosceles triangle from patterned paper, with the equal sides around 9”. Use a pencil to trace the triangle pointing downward on the white cardstock.

3. Adhere hearts in a grid-like pattern on the white cardstock, leaving the area where the triangle was traced empty. Glue the triangle over the area where it was traced. Use decorative tape, or a strip of patterned paper on the edges of the triangle to emphasize it.

Once the base of the layout is complete, cut three sheets of patterned paper into various sizes smaller than a 6” square, or use old patterned paper scraps. Glue the doily to the back of your photo so it peeks out from one side. Stagger your three cut papers behind the photo, and glue to the page.

4. Add stickers or any other embellishments you have on hand around the photo to personalize the layout. (I used stickers, a bow, and a shaped paper clip).

5. Finally, add your title underneath or beside the photo to complete the page. Optional: Add splatters of spray mist paint in a color that coordinates with your layout.

Using shapes as a background is a very easy and versatile technique. Try it with any punches or cutting dies you have on hand! For more fun and creative scrapbooking layouts, stop by my blog. Thank you for having me, Paper Mill Store!

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